A.J. Puk

A.J. Puk

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Height: 6-7
Weight: 248 lbs
Age: 28
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The ScoreMarlins place Burger on IL with intercostal strain, option Meyer

The league-worst Miami Marlins are now down their best hitter.Miami placed third baseman Jake Burger on the 10-day injured list with a left intercostal muscle strain, they announced Monday.Burger apparently suffered the injury on a first-inning swing during Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Braves. He felt more side discomfort while running out a ground ball and on a defensive chance, prompting Miami to remove him in the fourth inning.Burger spent 10 days on the IL with a minor left oblique strain - in the same area as his intercostal injury - last May as a member of the Chicago White Sox.The 28-year-old has been one of the 3-13 Marlins' only consistent hitters this year. He's sporting a .228/.281/.421 slash line with a team-high three home runs and 15 RBIs through his first 16 games.In a corresponding roster move, Miami recalled utility player Otto Lopez, who will start at third base and bat ninth Monday against the San Francisco Giants. Lopez, who Miami claimed off waivers from the Giants on April 4, can fill in at third, second, or shortstop and also has experience playing all three outfield positions. He last appeared in the majors in 2022 with the Toronto Blue Jays.Miami also activated right-hander Edward Cabrera, who will start Monday's game, from the IL. The 26-year-old was rehabbing from a right shoulder impingement suffered during spring training. He'll start in place of A.J. Puk, who's sidelined because of an illness.In a corresponding move for Cabrera, the Marlins optioned rookie Max Meyer to Triple-A Jacksonville. The 25-year-old has been the Marlins' best starter this year, putting up a 2.12 ERA and 0.82 WHIP with 14 strikeouts and only three walks in his first three starts. However, the team is likely monitoring his workload, as he missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Monday, Apr 15, 2024

The ScoreReport: Marlins place Burger on IL with oblique injury, option Meyer

The league-worst Miami Marlins are now down their best hitter.Miami is placing third baseman Jake Burger on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique injury, a source told Christina De Nicola of MLB.com.Burger apparently suffered the injury on a first-inning swing during Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Braves. He felt more side discomfort while running out a ground ball and on a defensive chance, prompting Miami to remove him in the fourth inning.Burger spent 10 days on the IL with a minor left oblique strain last May as a member of the Chicago White Sox.The 28-year-old has been one of the 3-13 Marlins' only consistent hitters this year. He's sporting a .228/.281/.421 slash line with a team-high three home runs and 15 RBIs through his first 16 games.Miami is recalling utility player Otto Lopez in a corresponding roster move, according to De Nicola. Lopez, who Miami claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on April 4, can fill in at third, second, or shortstop and also has experience playing all three outfield positions. He last appeared in the majors in 2022 with the Toronto Blue Jays.Meanwhile, right-hander Edward Cabrera will be activated from the IL and start Monday's game against the Giants, a source told MLB.com. Cabrera, 26, was rehabbing from a right shoulder impingement suffered during spring training. Cabrera will start in place of A.J. Puk, who's sidelined because of an illness.In a corresponding move for Cabrera, the Marlins are optioning rookie Max Meyer to Triple-A, a source told De Nicola. Meyer, 25, has been the Marlins' best starter this year, putting up a 2.12 ERA and 0.82 WHIP with 14 strikeouts and only three walks in his first three starts. However, the team is likely monitoring his workload, as he missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Monday, Apr 15, 2024

The ScoreHarrison to power Giants over lowly Marlins

Find year-round coverage of betting news and insights for all sports by visiting our Betting section and subscribing to push notifications.We have an exciting 14-game slate ahead of us Monday night. Let's look at a few plays that pop off the page as we look to rebound from a tough Friday night for our best bets.Kyle Harrison: Over 16.5 outsHarrison has completed at least six innings in two of three starts this season. The lone failure came against a lethal Dodgers offense that hasn't allowed a single starting pitcher to reach that mark all season.The Giants are getting good length from their young pitcher, which should continue Monday night. To say the Marlins have struggled against lefties would be an understatement. They're as bad as it gets.The Marlins are sporting a .179 batting average and .256 xwOBA versus left-handed arms this season. They also have a league-worst barrel rate of just 3.8%. They don't hit for average, power, or generate walks.Harrison throws a ton of strikes and doesn't issue many free passes. That means the Marlins will need to string together hits to chase him from this game, which feels like a lot to ask from a team that isn't even hitting close to .200 versus pitchers of Harrison's handedness.Look for Harrison to pitch six innings (or more) and go over this number comfortably.Odds: -125 (playable to -160)Giants (-115) @ Marlins (-105)The Marlins are a complete disaster. They've won only three of 16 games this season and now have to deal with a promising lefty in Harrison. That isn't what the doctor ordered for a Marlins attack that underwhelms at the best of times.Harrison should be able to chew up innings against a completely inept lefty-hitting team that just so happens to have more plate appearances against lefties than anybody. The sample size will cross 300 in the first inning, so this isn't just a case of variance over a small amount of at-bats. There's a ton of evidence the Marlins are the worst offense in the majors versus left-handed arms.A.J. Puk will be scratched for the Marlins due to illness, allowing Edward Cabrera to make his season debut. Puk starting would've been preferable, but the Giants should still be in good shape versus Cabrera.The Giants have hit righties fairly well thus far. They rank 12th in xwOBA, tied for 13th in homers, and walk at an above-average rate. They're a competent offense.I don't think they'll need to provide Harrison too much support, given the Marlins' ineptitude at the dish.This is a good matchup for the Giants, who are a little slow out of the gate, to right the ship and get back on track.Bet: Giants (-115)Joe Musgrove: Under 17.5 outsMusgrove is off to a rocky start. He's allowed 14 runs through four games and posted alarmingly poor underlying numbers. At the top of the list is a .409 xwOBA, the second worst of all the pitchers projected to start a game Monday.Musgrove has pitched against a difficult string of opponents, already seeing prolific offenses like the Dodgers and Cubs. A date with the Brewers isn't exactly a step in the right direction.The Brewers are hitting .303 with a league-high 21 homers against right-handed pitching. They're making life miserable for opposing pitchers.In fact, only two starters have completed six innings against the Brewers this season. That's pretty remarkable given this will be Milwaukee's 15th game.Given Musgrove's struggles, and how well the Brewers have hit righties, this doesn't look like a good matchup for him to get back on track and pitch deep into the game.Odds: -115 (playable to -140)Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. You can follow him on X at @ToddCordell.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Monday, Apr 15, 2024

The ScoreReport: Marlins placing Burger on IL with oblique injury

The league-worst Miami Marlins are now down their best hitter.Miami is placing third baseman Jake Burger on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique injury, a source told Christina De Nicola of MLB.com.Burger apparently suffered the injury on a first-inning swing during Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Braves. He felt more side discomfort while running out a ground ball and on a defensive chance, prompting Miami to remove him in the fourth inning.Burger spent 10 days on the IL with a minor left oblique strain last May as a member of the Chicago White Sox.The 28-year-old has been one of the 3-13 Marlins' only consistent hitters this year. He's sporting a .228/.281/.421 slash line with a team-high three home runs and 15 RBIs through his first 16 games.Miami is recalling utility player Otto Lopez in a corresponding roster move, according to De Nicola. Lopez, who Miami claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on April 4, can fill in at third, second, or shortstop, and also has experience playing all three outfield positions. He last appeared in the majors in 2022 with the Toronto Blue Jays.Meanwhile, right-hander Edward Cabrera will be activated from the IL and start Monday's game against the Giants, a source told MLB.com. Cabrera, 26, was rehabbing from a right shoulder impingement suffered during spring training.Cabrera will start in place of A.J. Puk, who's sidelined because of an illness. Puk, who's issued an MLB-high 14 walks and owns a 5.91 ERA through his first three starts of 2024, will be pushed back to Thursday.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Source: The Score
Monday, Apr 15, 2024

RotowireA.J. Puk: Pushed back due to illness

Puk has been scratched from Monday's start against the Giants due to illness, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.

Source: Rotowire
Monday, Apr 15, 2024


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